Big Society News from Term One!

With Society Awards on its way and a lot of achievements to celebrate, I would like to look back at some of the best moments that societies and media outlets gave us in Term One!

What went down?

A lot of amazing things happened. Firstly, Holloway Players became their own society! Supported by the Drama Society committee, they took some exciting first steps into even bigger and better things.

In addition to this we began Student Group Recognition, a scheme with the aim of recognising groups that embody the values of the Students’ Union in everything they do. You can find out more about the very first winner, Law Society here!

Following a big clear out of Storage Inn (HUGE thank you to everyone who helped) we redistributed assets from old groups to new groups and also got a clearer idea of who owns what. It may not sound like much but it made the lives of everyone who uses the space so much easier.

There were also lots of fantastic society events in Term One. Of particular note is Strictly Come Holloway run by our amazing Ballroom and Latin Dancesport Society. Four campus ‘celebrities’ learnt a routine and battled it out for dance domination and raised a lot of money for charity in the process!

In addition to this, Sikh Society ran Langar on Campus once again. This event brought together people of all different backgrounds to learn more about what it means to be Sikh whilst enjoying amazing free food and meeting lots of lovely people.

LGBT+ Society once again collaborated with other groups to hold a Vigil for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. A candle-lit memorial was held to honour those who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence the past year.

Veg Society held the RHUL Vake Off featuring some fantastic bakes, which battled it out to be the best vegan bakes of the year (move aside Greggs!).

Women of Colour Collective (WOCC) hosted an insightful and interesting discussion event on ‘How to be an Ally to People of Colour’. This invited students and young activists to talk, discuss and share experiences with the aim of developing on-campus ally-ships.

A massive well done! 

Finally, it’s easy to recognise all these fantastically organised events, but to organise with next to no planning time is another league. We were so impressed with how so many of our groups responded when a sudden General Election was called towards the end of last term. We can plan and prepare for the term, but we can’t predict everything!

Politics and International Relations (PIR) society pulled together a fantastic hustings for the local candidates in an incredibly short period of time. Their professionalism and efficiency in getting the event together was truly admirable. In addition to this, Orbital Magazine deserve a shoutout for their latest edition. Focussing on democracy, voting and elections they used their platform to encourage people to register to vote and did an amazing job at it. Insanity Radio also ran an advert encouraging people to register, which was fantastic.

I know I’ll have missed a lot of fantastic events (I’m really sorry!) but thank you to all our amazing societies and media outlets. Here’s to even more brilliant events and successes in Term Two!

If you’re looking to get involved with any of the groups mentioned above you can find out more about them here!

Sophia Bolton // Vice President Societies & Media